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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing New Home Windows A home after choosing new windows from Brookstone Windows & Doors

Choosing new home windows can seem like a daunting task. There is quite a lengthy list of important factors to weigh as you try to choose windows that are right for your home and your individual lifestyle. Price, return on investment, energy efficiency, materials, design, and functionality are just a few considerations you’ll likely run into. As your partner in this window selection process, we’re excited to provide an ultimate window selection guide to help you choose new home windows. Our experts will detail the most common window types and break down what makes vinyl the best window material on the market.

Choosing a Window Style that Suits your Home

As you start to shop around for replacement windows, you may ask questions like, “What’s the difference between an awning and a hopper window?”, or “What’s the right situation to choose a casement window versus a picture window?” Our expert window installers are here to answer your questions.

Common Types of Windows

Bay and Bow Windows

Bright and expansive, these compound window systems are perfect for adding a little extra space to your home without undertaking a huge renovation project. Use them to create that light-soaked reading nook you’ve always wanted.

Casement Windows

Casement windows open outwards via a simple crank mechanism, allowing you to enjoy a nice breeze from almost any angle. They typically provide more viewing area than a double hung window, but not quite as much as immoveable picture windows.

Picture Windows

These windows are great for large wall areas where an outside view would be far preferable to a piece of art. Their large size provides an unobstructed view of the great outdoors and allows natural light to drench the room.

Awning and Hopper Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outwards, whereas hopper windows are hinged at the bottom and open inwards. Both open easily, so they’re great for hard-to-reach areas, such as above a sink. Awning windows’ unique design allows you to open them even during light rain, and hopper windows can ventilate a basement while blocking debris from entering.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows offer a classic aesthetic with the option to open for ventilation both at the top and the bottom of the window. The benefit? You let cool air in your home while allowing warm air to escape.

Double Slider Windows

Many homeowners opt for sliding windows to connect their indoor kitchens to their outdoor kitchens, creating a seamless way to pass prepped steaks and veggies ready to throw on the grill.

In addition to these window styles, Brookstone Windows & Doors also offers vinyl windows in custom shapes. Is there an area in your home where a unique window could make the perfect accent? If you can dream it, we can make it a reality with a custom-made vinyl window!

What Makes Vinyl Windows So Great?

There’s a reason so many Canadian homeowners consistently choose vinyl replacement windows—multiple reasons, actually—and each truly sets vinyl apart as the superior window material. Homeowners who choose Brookstone’s vinyl windows can reap several benefits.

Lasting Durability

At Brookstone, we manufacture all of our windows in Canada using non-recycled PVC. Many big box stores use recycled plastic which doesn’t hold up as well as virgin PVC, but we’re proud to say that our windows won’t chalk, fade, warp, or break like lower-quality alternatives.

Superb Energy Efficiency

Featuring insulated frames and argon gas fills in between the glass panes, our vinyl windows are almost as efficient as insulated walls.


Vinyl windows are widely regarded as one of the most affordable window types on the market, offering outstanding value for their cost.

A Lifetime Guarantee

All of our windows are covered by a no-nonsense, no-fine-print lifetime warranty. Our warranty is transferrable, too, if you decide to sell your home within 5 years of installing new home windows.

In addition to these features, vinyl is also super low-maintenance. Vinyl windows never require painting as wood windows do, and you can always opt for a woodgrain finish on your vinyl windows to emulate the classic look of wood if that’s your desired aesthetic.

Are You Ready for New Home Windows?

Choosing windows in Southwestern Ontario can be daunting, with many considerations at play. If you have additional questions about home windows that we at Brookstone Windows & Doors can help you answer, contact us today! We’re always available to help homeowners choose the best replacement window for their home.

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